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Two Former CIA Agents Are Hoping To Find Pablo Escobar’s Hidden Treasure

Two Former CIA Agents Are Hoping To Find Pablo Escobar’s Hidden Treasure

You've probably heard of Pablo Escobar, and if you have, then he needs no introduction.

But if you've been living under a rock, he was once the world's biggest drug dealer. Known as 'The King of Cocaine' - he also became one of the world's richest men, because he was pretty good at what he did.

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At one point, he was making so much money that his team was spending £2,000 on rubber bands to hold all the cash together.

Pablo Escobar
Pablo Escobar

Credit: Colombian National Police

The Colombian's house was incredible to say the least, it had a sculpture park in the grounds, a full zoo - complete with elephants and hippos - and huge statues of dinosaurs knocking about the place (he also owned a secret Caribbean mansion, like all good supervillains do).

At the peak of his career he was thought to be worth about £22 billion ($30 billion). So, what happened to the best part of his cash once his career finally caught up with him?

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He was eventually killed in a shootout with the Colombian National Police in 1993, but before that he began hiding his money anyway he could as most of the banks in his home country wouldn't touch it. So, he moved it off-shore, with some being stashed in lots of Swiss bank accounts, although much of that will never be seen again as only he knew the codes to retrieve it.

But Mr Escobar also was keen on burying some of his money under the ground.

Unfortunately for everyone, Pablo didn't exactly write down where all that booty was kept, and he also allegedly killed the henchmen who did the dirty work of burying the treasure to ensure no one would ever know it's hiding spot.

It is estimated that at one point, a fifth of all the US dollar bills in existence were buried in Colombia, so that's a pretty good incentive to find it.

Now a group of investigators are looking for that lost treasure.

One of the groups aiming to nab the fortune is, surprisingly, The Discovery Channel, who has employed the services of ex-C.I.A men Doug Laux and Ben Smith to look for the cash.

Mr Laux has told the Mirror: "Looking for Pablo Escobar's money in Colombia, you are kicking a hornet's nest as hard as you can. The danger is extraordinary, there is every chance you will get killed."

These blokes have had their fair share of missions, with Doug once infiltrating the Taliban to find their road side bomb supply.

But it's a pretty risky mission tracing after Escobar's treasure, especially considering the danger surrounds the people trying to make the epic Netflix drama Narcos. But I'm sure a couple of ex-C.I.A blokes with a TV crew will be fine.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: CIA, Fortune, Money, Interesting, cash, Pablo Escobar, Cocaine, Drugs, Community

Claire Reid

Claire is a journalist at LADbible who, after dossing around for a few years, went to Liverpool John Moores University. She graduated with a degree in Journalism and a whole load of debt. When not writing words in exchange for money she is usually at home watching serial killer documentaries surrounded by cats. You can contact Claire at [email protected]

 

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